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In the last few of years, Hemp CBD use has seen exceptional growth and a wider acceptance, whether or not the USA was fully on board or not.  But times are changing and it seems, the USA, with its 76 Million Baby Boomers and 82…

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Summer is the perfect season for outdoor activities like barbecues and beach parties with friends and family. The hot summer temps mean we’ll be expending more energy than normal. It’s important that we eat the right foods and snacks to stay active. Let’s take a…

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Mothers are kind, nurturing, people-pleaser types of human beings. They always seem to take care of everyone else, leaving themselves for last or forgetting altogether to take care of themselves. For moms, the list of things to do can go on and on. When can…

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With summer around the corner, the oceanside is the perfect place to hang out with family and friends. Over centuries, water has held a special place in various cultures for its life-giving properties. It has been used for spiritual, religious and healing purposes. We might…

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Cancer diagnosis and treatment is a rollercoaster of emotions, as is learning that the treatment worked and you are cancer-free. Everything you and your support team worked for resulted in remission. Yet, there is likely a mix of emotions that accompany it: fear of relapse,…

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As we move into the warmer summer months, it’s important to transition your workouts to accommodate rising temperatures.  Be Prepared Dress to exercise as if the temperature is 10 degrees hotter outside. So if you are running in 70 degree weather, dress to run as…

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Mindfulness can have different meanings for different people. Depending on your mood, day and environment, you need a unique mindfulness practice that speaks to you. Mindfulness is bringing awareness to our emotions, thoughts, sensations and our environment.  Start building your mindfulness practice with things you…

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Whenever I say the word, “hormones” people think I am going to send them back to high school biology class or that I’m going to say something embarrassing. I often have to call hormones the “H” word to make everyone feel comfortable. The fact is…

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Music producer, songwriter and singer Marcus Bell “Bellringer” credits include top musical artists like Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj. Marcus has collaborated with Snoop Dogg, Timbaland, Gala, and many more. His songs and soundtracks are featured on television shows and in films, including singles “Boy…

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There are sheroes among us and Live & Thrive CA loves to turn the spotlight on them whenever we can. Women’s History Month is wrapping up and we want to take the opportunity to reintroduce four women passionate about changing the world right now. Take…

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San Francisco Bay Area Love and Relationship Coach Michele Fabrega helps her clients find the connection and intimacy they desire in their relationships. Michele became a Love and Relationship Coach in 2012 and has worked with couples and individuals to rekindle or find new love….

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Are you having trouble getting motivated to exercise? Grab a partner, whether it’s your spouse or another family member, and help each other stay motivated to work out with these fun exercises using only your body weight. Start with 10-12 repetitions of each exercise. Step…

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I had just gotten off the beautiful ballroom stage at one of my biggest events ever, where I had stood next to my amazing mentor Mary Morrissey, and spoke to more than 300 newly certified coaches about my success—when a clear thought crossed my mind:…

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Do you have uncontrollable cravings for foods you know are bad for you, but you can’t seem to stop yourself from eating them–over and over again? There are two reasons why we crave any food. The first is physiological. Your body needs that food or…

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Has the pandemic sidelined your workout routine, putting you on the couch and fearful of leaving your home to get exercise? You wonder, is working out worth the risk? Ease back into exercising by identifying an activity you like within your comfort level for risk…

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The unfortunate reality is that COVID-19 has severely impacted the world economy. Like many other industries facing hard times, the real estate industry also experienced an initial shock.  However, as time unfolds, the effects on the real estate industry are not what you might think….

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As a continuation of the holiday comfort foods, here is another delectable appetizer I love to serve! Roasted Vegetable Flatbread Ingredients: 1 bag store-bought pizza dough 1 medium-sized portobello mushroom 1/2 medium zucchini 7-8 sundried tomato slices 1/2 red onion sliced 1/2 yellow pepper sliced…

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Strengthening Relationships Within Your Pandemic Bubble As the holidays approach, many wonder how to make them special and meaningful given the pandemic restrictions on our ability to travel and gather together. It’s a new world, and we’re making up how we respond to it as…

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Dr. Christine Cave Uses Her Superhero Might to Help Her Patients and Wow at Figure Competitions Figure competitor and Nurse Practitioner Dr. Christine Cave is successful now, but she has experienced her share of physical setbacks and emotional traumas. As a young gymnast, she had…

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Jason Mercado Turned His Life Around Through Baking and Has Made it His Mission to Help Others Do The Same Jason Mercado, CEO of Sweet Mission, acquired his impeccable baking skills from his grandmother and by studying Food Network shows. He has now perfected several…

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The Chinese character for crisis consists of two parts: one signifies danger and the other opportunity. This is the nature of change; we respond to both aspects, danger and opportunity. There is opportunity in danger and danger in opportunity.  The path through transitions, whether our…

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Nutrition Hacks and Myths Revealed! You Asked Your Questions, We Have Your Answers. What are the best in-season fall foods for an energy boost? Aurora Valley, Atascadero, CA Given all the challenges of 2020, your health is a top priority. Let’s consider four foundational foods…

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Cooking came to Susana Torres later in life as she began to learn the power food had over her health and fitness goals. Beginning three years ago, she started educating herself on how nutrition and fitness work together. As she competed in athletic bodybuilding, she…

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A Latina born into an immigrant family, Michelle Vilchez was raised with an attitude of gratitude. She grew up serving her community, and as executive director of the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center (PCRC), she positively impacts countless lives. PCRC facilitates communication between diverse communities in…

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As much as you love the hot summer months, fall brings comfort of its own in hot teas that promote calmness. The cooler weather puts us on the hunt for teas that feel like a warm hug. Here are some recipes to nudge you in…

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As we tiptoe our way into fall, we begin to feel the cool breeze on our faces. As refreshing as it is to the soul, our skin won’t feel the same way. Transitioning your skin care routine to prepare for the cooler weather is as…

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Getting a good night’s rest is critical to your health and wellness. If you’re tired all or most of the time, you may think it’s because you’re not logging enough hours in bed. Most of us are under the misconception that the longer we are…

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There is a place in you that is far greater than any circumstance, situation or condition. You may be wondering, “How do I find that place?” In times like these when, as a global community, we are facing unprecedented challenges, it’s important to tap into…

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Not only do your thighs contain the biggest muscles in your body, meaning the greatest caloric burn when strengthening them, but they’re also what carry you around all day! For these reasons, we focus a lot of our workouts on building these hugely important muscles….

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This set of exercises takes your shoulders through their full range of ration, which is important to do regularly to ensure the longevity of our functional movement and to avoid injury. These movements also bring a lovely sense of openness to the front of the…

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Have you ever had a workout buddy who just seems to surpass you in the gym? Their body fat percentage never stops reducing. The numbers on the scale don’t stop shrinking. No matter how hard you try, your buddy’s results continue to keep coming. Annoying,…

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Inspires Her Latina Social Media Following to Do The Same Carmen Melgoza had a successful accounting career, but a sedentary lifestyle and a broken relationship took their toll. Her fitness journey and absolute determination to lose 50 pounds are nothing short of inspirational. Driven by…

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We all have lots of tasks to tackle in a day, and we only have a certain number of hours to accomplish them. Sometimes the thought of getting everything done might hinder us from being productive. Our minds become cluttered, and we don’t know which…

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Athlete and Filmmaker Tiffany Toney Found Balance Through Positive Affirmations Tiffany Toney is a modern-day Renaissance woman. After studying journalism and TV production at the University of Oklahoma, she pursued her master’s degree at Bowie State University in Maryland, where she was a three-sport athlete….

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Evelyne Keomian and Her Foundation are Transforming the Lives of Women and Children in West Africa and Beyond Growing up in abject poverty in Ivory Coast, West Africa, Evelyne Keomian knew firsthand the hardship of going hungry and being unable to attend school. Even when…

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With thousands of skin care products out there, choosing the correct product types for your skin can get complicated! This guide will help you build the proper skin care routine for your skin type. Oily skin Controlling oil production is the key to regulating oily…

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You asked – we answered! What foods can I eat to boost my immune system? Sandra Lopez • Pleasanton, CASupporting your immune system is especially important during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Picture your meal plate. Fill half of it with vegetables and fruit, the other…

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There’s nothing like a global pandemic to create the perfect storm of stress and anxiety. Because stress can significantly weaken your immune system, it’s critically important to your health and well-being to find simple ways to manage and relieve it. The following list of essential…

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Conflicting information and policies around CBD use are confusing, sometimes frightening and often frustrating. It can be difficult to discern, process and dig through the myriad of CBD marketing jargon to get to the facts. Here are some quick guidelines to help you unravel the…

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Many people nowadays are seeking alternatives to medications for mood issues such as anxiety and depression. Acupuncture is a promising option for those who are looking to treat mood issues without the side effects of medications. Acupuncture originated in China thousands of years ago and…

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Have you ever sat down to draw up a list of what you thought were “goals,” only to realize that what you really had was a list of things you felt you should be doing – not the things that give you life? I love…

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Have you ever caught yourself watching a television series and repeatedly said, “Just one more episode.” I’m guilty! Nowadays, almost any movie and TV series can be streamed directly to your devices. It seems as if we were meant to consume content in a binge-watching…

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A Natural Approach to Deodorants Using mass-market antiperspirants and deodorants may seem like a simple and innocuous thing to do to assuage your fears about the way you smell when you sweat. However, most commercial antiperspirants and deodorants are made with harmful ingredients that can…

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More than likely, you’re doing your best to train by doing what you are most accustomed to doing. At some point, it would not be an uncommon situation for you to feel that your typical exercise routine has started to feel a bit redundant. Guess…

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Let’s think about our days. They are made up of meetings, making phone calls, answering phone calls, checking voicemails, reading emails, responding to emails, texting, updating all our social media sites, attending events, blah, blah, blah. When was the last time you stopped…paused… and reflected…

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Is it about going to yoga classes, deep breathing, Pilates, smoothies or nature? Is it about how you feel in your own skin? Is it about the number on the scale or the results of your blood tests? There are so many articles about health…

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What is CBD? There are two main active ingredients in cannabis (marijuana), tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). THC is the primary active ingredient in cannabis and has psychoactive properties. CBD is the second most prevalent chemical compound and active ingredientin cannabis. CBD, unlike THC, does…

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We all deal with stress and anxiety from time to time (often daily!) and by now, we all know they take a toll on both our mental and physical health. People employ various techniques to help them deal with life’s stressors, such as long walks,…

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The passion you have for your business idea and your belief in yourself are key to your growth and powering through difficult times. The following six elements will help you on your journey to achieving your entrepreneurial goals. GritI am very demanding of myself and…

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It was a beautiful day in Los Angeles, about 75 degrees despite it being the middle of January. Sitting outside of Jersey Mike’s sandwich shop near the airport, I reflected with my close friend and partner in crime about just how far this year had…

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Before the advent of electricity, candles were used primarily for illumination. Light served as a symbol of the good and the beautiful, especially in times of emotional and spiritual darkness. Today, candles are used mainly for their aesthetic value and scent to set a soft,…

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Pros and Cons of Working With Family When I was a teenager, my Realtor mom would ask me to accompany her on weekends to her open houses. In typical teenage fashion, I would reply, “No way, that’s boring!” As fate would have it, I later…

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Ask your questions, we have answers. Are there specific things I can eat to help firm up loose skin?Bertha Gonzalez • Baldwin Park, CAIt goes without saying that exercise and sunscreen are critically important to toning and firming one’s skin. But, thinking about skin health…

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5 Tips to Build Important Relationships For Your Business As a new business owner, you may not realize how important politics can be to the development, growth, visibility and opportunities provided to local businesses. Having connections in political circles and good relationships with local elected…

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For those living the entrepren-artist, solopreneur or mompreneur life, you know that the lonely hours, the hard work, the less-than-adequate funding can cause and fuel stress, negative thoughts, self-doubt and even complete burnout if you’re not careful. You may lose your motivation and your mojo…

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Within the world of yoga, it is easy to get carried away, wanting to master the same poses your neighbor achieves so well—or just wanting to keep up with the rest of the class. The Dream and The RealityI personally have to keep reminding myself…

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One of the most valuable lessons I am learning in my life is that I don’t need to do it alone. “It” can be defined as almost anything I do, including developing a new program for one of my clients, running my business, needing help…

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Affirmations are one of the most powerful tools you can use to change your results, but only if you use them correctly. When used properly, affirmations retrain your subconscious mind to believe you are more like your affirmations than your old beliefs. The subconscious mind…

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Thinking of starting your own business? It’s a huge undertaking to hang your shingle out there and offer your services and time, but it can be done. In today’s economy, more and more people want to be their own boss for various reasons. Maybe you…

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Jogging with your dog can be great fun for you both, but you want to be safe. The following guidelines will help you gauge if your dog is ready to go on a run with you. Skeletal MaturityYour dog needs to be at least one…

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If there’s one constant truth about social media, it’s that it’s always changing. New user features, algorithmic updates and increased advertising have expanded the marketing potential for small businesses and entrepreneurs. Depending on your industry, there are many options for social media marketing today. The…

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As the first signs of spring’s arrival begin to peer through the darkness of winter, one’s thoughts often turn to spring cleaning. It’s our way of mimicking the ritual of cleansing and renewal that takes place in nature as the seasons change. But how many…

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Wondering what exercises to do and how often? As a fitness professional, I’m often asked this question, and unfortunately, there’s not a one-size-fits-all answer. It depends on your goals, abilities and interests. No matter what you do, make sure your activity adds up to at…

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If you’ve been with your partner for a while, it’s not unusual to fall into a rut. As a relationship coach, I love helping couples reconnect. Here are some of my best tips to spice up your relationship so you’ll both feel rejuvenated, enlivened and…

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While on your fitness journey, one way to ensure frustration is to focus solely on the scale. There are nearly a dozen uncontrollable factors involved in weight fluctuation, that your day-to-day chances of seeing a decrease are fifty-fifty. No one likes losing! Think of your…